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DatePolicyLevelSubjectAgreementNotes
17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the two child benefit cap, or ‘rape clause’, should be repealed.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security80%

Members’ Motion by Caitie Dundas MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that mandatory immunisations should be introduced for all of Scotland's eligible young people, in order to protect young people who are particularly vulnerable to infection, as well as the health of all.StatementHealth and Wellbeing77%

Members’ Motion by Chloe Whyte MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament recognises the negative impact that Universal Credit is having on its claimants, and calls on the UK government to halt its roll-out until a fundamental review is carried out.StatementSocial Security85%

Members’ Motion by Sarah Quinn MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the opportunity to learn British Sign Language (BSL) allows for a more inclusive and accessible society, and therefore supports the Scottish Government's 2017-2023 National Plan for BSL which aims to make it a more widely available language in schools.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights90%

Members’ Motion by Sarah Quinn MSYP and Neal McCulloch MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that educational institutions and youth organisations should actively encourage young people to become organ and blood donors, through education on the subject and holding blood drives where feasible.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing84%

Members’ Motion by Emily Harle MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament calls on Transport Scotland to put in place adequate and effective contingency plans for when road and rail closures are in place to minimise disruption as much as possible.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs85%

Members’ Motion by Neal McCulloch MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that local authorities have a duty to ensure the safety of people in wheelchairs, and calls on local authorities to put in place a minimum pavement width to ensure people in wheelchairs can travel without difficultyStatementEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing88%

Members’ Motion by Katie Talent MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that access to clean drinking water is essential for the realisation of all human rights, and therefore calls on all schools to provide their students and staff with accessible facilities for the provision of free tap water.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights93%

Members’ Motion by Becky Gillan MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the ‘Give Me Five’ campaign which aims to increase child benefit by £5 every week, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to increase child benefit in Scotland.StatementSocial Security61%

Members’ Motion by Bailey-Lee Robb MSYP and Zanib Ahmad MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and will work with other organisations to ensure that non-binary identities are recognised, self-declaration becomes the model for gender recognition, and the age restriction is reduced to 16.StatementEqualities and Human Rights71%

Members’ Motion by Ezra Wilson MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament condemns anti-Catholic bigotry and anti-Irish racism in all its forms, and calls on the Scottish Government to reform hate crime legislation, invest more money and take greater action in tackling anti-Catholic bigotry and anti-Irish racism.StatementEqualities and Human Rights64%

Members’ Motion by Chris Costello MSYP

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that students should not be unfairly disadvantaged in their studies due to illness or injury, and therefore calls on teachers to ensure that pupils who are absent from school due to health-related issues are provided with detailed coursework notes and support from the appropriate teachers/tutors.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing91%

Joint Committee Motion by the Health and Wellbeing and Education and Lifelong Learning Committees

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that more housing should be brought into public ownership to tackle homelessness and allow for as many people as possible to be homed or to reach the housing ladder.StatementSocial Security75%

Committee Motion by the Social Security Committee

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all young people should have equal access and awareness of cultural opportunities within their area through appropriate advertising by local authorities and others.StatementCulture and Media84%

Committee Motion by the Culture and Media Committee

17 Mar 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes and calls on the Scottish Government and local authorities to ensure participation in sport must be maintained, and that barriers facing young people in our most socially deprived areas have to be minimised.StatementSport and Leisure82%

Committee Motion by the Sport and Leisure Committee

1 Jan 2019The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people must be involved in and their views taken into account in the decision regarding the model of pupil participation within their school, and any model must ensure that young people’s United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child rights are being respected, protected and fulfilled.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

SYP’s response to Empowering Schools: A Consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill

[January 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

 

1 Dec 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament agrees with the majority of the parking zone exemptions proposed in the Transport (Scotland) Bill.RecommendationTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Letter to Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee with consultation findings on Transport (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018Children and young people should be provided with information about their rights all the time (through human rights education), in case they are ever interviewed by the police, as well as before any police interview begins, and during, especially if the interview spans multiple sessions.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

SYP’s additional response to the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that activity focussed on philanthropy and social activism should be part of the core secondary curriculum.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

Results of a nationwide survey by the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) and the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the benefits of volunteering should be promoted to young people, and pathways and platforms should be provided to allow them to make a difference.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

Results of a nationwide survey by the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) and the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, as part of sex education in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), teachers and students alike should be trained on the risks, consequences and prevention of online sexual offending in an engaging, positive, youth-friendly, and blame and embarrassment-free way.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

SYP findings from ‘Protection from Sexual Offending’ consultation workshop with the Scottish Government at our 67th National Sitting in Kilmarnock on 21st October [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the proposed Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in the Transport (Scotland) Bill should be allowed to run differently in different areas, and that there should not be different grace periods for residents and non-residents.RecommendationTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Letter to Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee with consultation findings on Transport (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the penalty money proposed to be charged for vehicles driving in Low Emission Zones (LEZ’s) which do not meet the emission standards, as per the Transport (Scotland) Bill, should be used by Local Authorities to cover the costs of running the LEZ and other work that meets the aims of low emission zones.RecommendationTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Letter to Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee with consultation findings on Transport (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the proposed bus operator app and bus stop real-time displays in the Transport (Scotland) Bill should be installed, with the former including live updates and notifications, bus stop tracking and the ability to buy tickets with a QR code.RecommendationTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Letter to Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee with consultation findings on Transport (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Wifi is needed at bus stops to ensure a bus operator app is fully accessible across Scotland.RecommendationTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Letter to Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee with consultation findings on Transport (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that bus number and stop announcements are needed on buses for visitors, and to ensure accessibility for people with sight and literacy difficulties.RecommendationTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Letter to Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee with consultation findings on Transport (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there needs to be more parking spaces, driveways or garages provided before blanket regulation of pavement and double parking, and double parking should only be prohibited if it obstructs pedestrians or other road users from passing.RecommendationTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Letter to Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee with consultation findings on Transport (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that emotionally harming a child should be illegal.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Protecting Children: Review of section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937…’ [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that in considering whether emotional abuse has taken place, decision-makers must have regards to a wide range of behaviours as well as the frequency of the abuse, intention of the perpetrator and any cultural sensitivities.RecommendationHealth and Wellbeing; Justice-

SYP’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Protecting Children: Review of section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937…’ [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the procedure for proving emotional harm must protect vulnerable children and young people from experiencing further suffering and distress.RecommendationHealth and Wellbeing; Justice-

SYP’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Protecting Children: Review of section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937…’ [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should not be a definitive age for the perpetration of emotional abuse against children. If a definitive age is needed, it should not start from as young as 8 or 12.RecommendationHealth and Wellbeing; Justice-

SYP’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Protecting Children: Review of section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937…’ [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that if Scots law is reformed to criminalise emotional abuse, awareness raising, training, guidance and support is needed for stakeholders, as well as parenting or caring programmes on what ‘the best interests of the child’ means in practice - to avoid criminalising vulnerable parents or carers.RecommendationHealth and Wellbeing; Justice-

SYP’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Protecting Children: Review of section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937…’ [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, in cases of emotional abuse, a human rights based and trauma informed approach must be taken with the survivors, and a rehabilitative approach must be taken with perpetrators, rather than a punitive oneRecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Protecting Children: Review of section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937…’ [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to cement meaningful participation of young people in local governance such as through giving youth representatives voting rights on local authority committees, ensuring accessible outputs, and increasing youth representation.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

SYP’s External Affairs, UK & International Relations Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s conversation around the Local Governance Review: Democracy Matters [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government’s statutory code of practice covering biometric data and technologies should be developed with young people, articulate the separate regime for children and young people and explicitly embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s Justice Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Enhanced oversight of biometric data for justice and community safety purposes’[November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the proposed Scottish Biometrics Commissioner should be fully independent, be empowered to review all biometric data captured from children, and collaborate with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, the Biometrics Commissioner for England and Wales, and the police.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s Justice Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Enhanced oversight of biometric data for justice and community safety purposes’[November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament would like to be involved in the description of the role of the proposed Scottish Biometrics Commissioner, as well as the application process.RecommendationJustice-

SYP’s Justice Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Enhanced oversight of biometric data for justice and community safety purposes’[November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that oversight of criminal justice should be kept separate from other oversight systems.RecommendationJustice-

SYP’s Justice Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Enhanced oversight of biometric data for justice and community safety purposes’[November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to provide more detailed, transparent guidelines on how the ‘proportionate approach’ for 13 to 17-year-olds affected by the new biometrics regime for children and young people might work, including how the Commissioner would oversee this, in practice.RecommendationJustice-

SYP’s Justice Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Enhanced oversight of biometric data for justice and community safety purposes’[November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to provide more information on whether a young person’s mental health will be taken into account in the decision-making process for capturing their biometric data.RecommendationHealth and Wellbeing; Justice-

SYP’s Justice Committee’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Enhanced oversight of biometric data for justice and community safety purposes’[November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament warmly welcomes the commitment in the Programme for Government from the First Minister to ‘incorporate the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law’; and calls for a clear timetable for how this will happen (including when a draft Bill will be introduced to Parliament) to ensure the legislation is able to receive Royal Assent in advance of the next Scottish Parliament election in 2021.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

SYP’s response to Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland – an Action Plan 2018-21 Consultation [September 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that during a police interview, young people should be made aware that they have the right to have a parent / carer / appropriate adult with them, as well as access to independent advocates and legal representation; and in turn, these rights must be secured.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s additional response to the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that it is just as important for the police to know about children’s rights as it is for children to know about them.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s additional response to the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that during a police interview, children need to know about the age of criminal responsibility, and what that means for them.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work-

SYP’s additional response to the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be an independent body to decide which information about a child’s harmful behaviour should be disclosed to whom and how long it should be retained for; case-by-case consideration and an independent complaints procedure.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s additional response to the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill [November 2018]

1 Nov 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that court and tribunal decisions should be informally explained to children and young people by an adult they know and trust, and in a manner according to their preference.RecommendationJustice-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that aspects of personal finance (such as budgeting, banking, interest rates and loans) should be a mandatory part of the curriculum before the end of S4.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning96%

Members’ Motion by Neal McCulloch MSYP and Georgia Pritchard MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, as well as the right to life, everyone should have the right to die, and as a result calls on the Scottish Government to legalise assisted suicide for those with terminal and life-limiting illnesses to relieve patients of terminal suffering and pain.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing67%

Members’ Motion by Neal McCulloch MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament is concerned that SQA’s recently reformed Results Services (both Exceptional Circumstances and Post-Results Services) do not allow for total consideration of a candidate’s individual circumstances, their previous course work (including prelim grade), or mental wellbeing at the time of the exam. SYP therefore calls on the SQA and the Scottish Government to review the current system to make the process fairer and more accessible.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning88%

Members’ Motion by Emily Harle MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that public ownership of the national rail network is essential to delivering a cost-effective, accountable and reliable service for communities across Scotland.StatementJobs, Economy and Fair Work; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs58%

Members’ Motion by Sasha Byron MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Scotland should implement legislation that would grant people who have experienced domestic abuse a period of paid leave from their employment, allowing them to build a safer, more stable living environment and protect themselves and any children without having to worry about income or work.StatementEqualities and Human Rights92%

Members’ Morion by Huw Sherrard MSYP and Robbie Burgess MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Carer’s Allowance should be extended to young adult carers aged 16-25 who are in full-time education.StatementSocial Security87%

Members’ Motion by Lauren Baigrie MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, in their Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan 2018-21, the Scottish Government should include explicit, specific actions for how it plans to embed a human rights based approach to enable care experienced children and young people to grow up in an atmosphere of love, equality and respect in Scotland.StatementEqualities and Human Rights86%

Members’ Motion by Helen Johnson MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the government must do better to ensure that care experienced young people can access sustainable, affordable housing. This would be a means of combating poor outcomes and homelessness among some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people once leaving the care system.StatementEqualities and Human Rights94%

Members’ Motion by Ryan McShane MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Councils and schools across Scotland should endeavour to ensure that children and young people’s placing requests for primary or secondary school are successfully granted if any of their siblings also attend that school, with refusals being a measure of last resort. The Scottish Youth Parliament further calls on Councils to carry out reviews of their ‘catchment areas’ to ensure that as few young people as possible are refused admission to a closer school, given the cost and travel implications.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning79%

Members’ Motion by Jason Black MSYP and Amy Lee Fraioli MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the establishment of the Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe by the Scottish Government, Children in Scotland and Together (Scotland’s Alliance for Children’s Rights), and looks forward to seeing children and young people’s voices actively influence the ongoing Brexit negotiations.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations73%

Members’ Motion by Bailey-Lee Robb

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament supports and recognises the hard work of the ‘No Knives, Better Lives’ campaign which uses peer education to inform young people of the consequences of knife crime.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning86%

Ryan Kelly MSYP for Coatbridge and Chryston and Callum Speirs MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that it is vital that the interests of Scotland’s young people are fairly represented by our members at all international youth forums, and that all nations of the United Kingdom should be included in respective single delegations with full voting rights to any such forumStatementUK, Europe and External Relations87%

Jamie Murray MSYP and Keiran O’Neill MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all public toilets should be free of charge, and therefore encourages all relevant authorities to ensure that no charges are made for their use.StatementEqualities and Human Rights63%

Members’ Motion by Reece Harding MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all young people should leave secondary school having received education on the Trade Union Movement, workers’ rights and their influence.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work83%

Members’ Motion by Aaran McDonald MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that no one should be denied access to lease a property by a private landlord on the basis they receive housing benefit; and urges the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament to consider what action can be taken to tackle this discriminatory approach in order to protect the right to property.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security69%

Members’ Motion by Jason Black MSYP

22 Oct 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all pupils should leave secondary school with an understanding of bereavement, and how to cope during the difficult time of losing a loved one, and that all teachers should receive teacher training in order to help them support pupils dealing with bereavement.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning87%

Members’ Motion by Catherine Mackie MSYP

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament proposes that the the ‘Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland: An Action Plan 2018-2021’ be called a ‘Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan 2018-2021’, to ensure young people are included.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

SYP’s response to Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland – an Action Plan 2018-21 Consultation [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Young People’s Rights Review recommendations should each be considered on its own merit for inclusion within the Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan; and for a joined-up approach where the Action Plan references linked portfolios and wider policy initiatives within the Scottish Government.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

SYP’s response to Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland – an Action Plan 2018-21 Consultation [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the ‘rights awareness’ programme for children and young people in Scotland must be framed around the Article 2(2) of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, to ensure that the education is holistic, meaningful, rights-respecting and empowering.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

SYP’s response to Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland – an Action Plan 2018-21 Consultation [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the ‘rights awareness’ programme for children and young people in Scotland needs to include young people and empowerment in its name and delivery.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

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1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the ‘rights awareness’ programme for children and young people in Scotland should be part of a wider, long-term, progressive movement towards human rights education and training in Scotland for everyone in society; and it should link up to the PSHE review to ensure joined-up action in this areaRecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

SYP’s response to Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland – an Action Plan 2018-21 Consultation [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government’s proposed ‘strategic participation framework’ must include a meaningful role for children and young people, and include adequate and sustainable resourcing for the external organisations that will be tasked with delivering it.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

SYP’s response to Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland – an Action Plan 2018-21 Consultation [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government include either as specific or strategic actions in the Action Plan elaborating an intent to raise with the UK Government any reserved issues which are affecting children and young people’s rights in Scotland.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations-

SYP’s response to Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland – an Action Plan 2018-21 Consultation [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that public bodies could make it easier for young people to ask for information by making it clear that you will get a response to your Freedom of Information request in 20 days, creating simple forms which are consistent across local authorities, having accessible information online in plain English, advertising how you can make a request and increasing transparency.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Freedom of Information (FOI) Consultation Workshop Report [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Information Commissioner should educate and engage with young people with partners on Freedom of Information (FOI) and call on the government for it to be taught in schools, to raise awareness of FOI among young people.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Justice-

Freedom of Information (FOI) Consultation Workshop Report [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Information Commissioner should create young-person-specific media campaign and online resources on Freedom of Information (FOI), to raise awareness of FOI among young people.RecommendationJustice-

Freedom of Information (FOI) Consultation Workshop Report [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Information Commissioner should create a template Freedom of Information (FOI) request form for public authorities to use, to raise awareness of FOI among young people.RecommendationJustice-

Freedom of Information (FOI) Consultation Workshop Report [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that mothers and fathers should have equal parental responsibilities and rights.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should be provided with options for communication to tell a judge what they think about who they should live with, speak to and visit - which suit the child or young person's age, ability to understand, and personal preference.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should have access to information about their rights around giving their views (or not) to a judge in family law proceedings.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people have the right to access independent advocacy to support their participation in family law proceedings, with sufficient time built in to establish relationships of trust.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should have the opportunity to share their views with a family law judge confidentially, including the option of participation without parents in the room.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should have access to counselling before, during and after family law proceedings.RecommendationHealth and Wellbeing; Justice-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be no specific age at which you should be able to give your views to a judge. It should depend on the maturity, capability and understanding of the child or young person, and their mental preparedness.RecommendationJustice-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

1 Sep 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that during family law proceedings, it is essential that children and young people’s right to family life is upheld, including regular parental and sibling contact, where it is safe to do so.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Family Law Review [September 2018]

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that more could be done to support young people moving from school into employment such as greater financial support, better support for young people with additional support needs, counselling services and greater awareness of the mental health issues, respite services for those that require it, and improved affordable transport links.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work-

Blog by the University of Edinburgh’s ENLIVEN (Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe) project on their consultation activity with SYP to help feed into their research

[July 2018]

 

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that during a police interview, the police officer should ask the child to repeat the given purpose of the interview and rights (and other guidance) back to them in their own words, to ensure the child has a good understanding before any questions are asked.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s response to EHRiC on MACR [July 2018]

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that when the police are called to an incident when a child has done something harmful, they should keep the child and other people safe, call parents/carers/social workers/independent advocates and find out from them if the child has any difficulties which require emotional, behavioural or learning support.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s response to EHRiC on MACR [July 2018]

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that when the police are called to an incident when a child has done something harmful, they should use a way to communicate with the child that suits their age and ability to understand. Ensure an adult trusted by the child, who demonstrates an understanding of children's rights, is there to help them.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s response to EHRiC on MACR [July 2018]

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that when the police are called to an incident when a child has done something harmful, they should use a way to communicate with the child that suits their age and ability to understand. nsure an adult trusted by the child, who demonstrates an understanding of children's rights, is there to help them.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s response to EHRiC on MACR [July 2018]

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that when the police are called to an incident when a child has done something harmful, they should take statements and look for evidence by asking the child questions about their behaviour, using short and simple sentences and avoiding giving too much information.RecommendationJustice-

SYP’s response to EHRiC on MACR [July 2018]

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that when a child has done something harmful, the length of time that information can be disclosed for depends on the seriousness of the behaviour in question.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s response to EHRiC on MACR [July 2018]

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the police should take a rights-based, proportionate, non-intimidating and child-friendly approach to its work responding to and investigating children who have behaved harmfully, informed by child psychologists.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

SYP’s response to EHRiC on MACR [July 2018]

1 Jul 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that youth-friendly, interactive education is a form of early prevention of harmful behaviour in children and young people.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Justice-

SYP’s response to EHRiC on MACR [July 2018]

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all young people should be able to benefit from the highest quality of education regardless of their ability to pay for it, and calls for the provision of private education at all levels in Scotland to be abolished.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning60%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Islamophobia is a serious issue for young people, which negatively impacts on young Muslims and their families. SYP therefore calls on the Scottish Government to take action by supporting the work of grassroots organisations such as FOSIS in tackling religious bigotry and hatred.StatementEqualities and Human Rights81%

Members’ Motion by Fatima Bari MSYP

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament commends the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, and all of his staff, for their inclusive consultation and powerful representation of young people in Scotland during the production of their revised Strategic Plan; and believes that SYP should continue to work closely with the Commissioner to advance children and young people’s rights in Scotland.StatementEqualities and Human Rights91%

Members’ Motion by Robert McCall MSYP

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Community Councils should be empowered and funded with adequate resources to a base level to ensure that they can properly fulfil their roles as the first tier of local government in Scotland; and urges local and central government to work together to ensure that Community Councils can operate more effectively.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations57%

Members’ Motion by Aaran McDonald MSYP

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament is deeply concerned at reports that 36 out of 53 Commonwealth countries have legislation and policies which are discriminatory against LGBTQI+ people; and therefore supports the work of The Commonwealth Equality Network towards achieving greater progress on LGBTQI+ rights in these countries.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations89%

Members’ Motion by Sarah Quinn MSYP

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all local authorities should have in place a formal structure to consult young people on decisions that will affect them, which includes a youth representative on key committees such as Education and Planning.StatementEqualities and Human Rights93%

Members’ Motion by Calum McArthur MSYP and Jack Norquoy MSYP

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Food365 scheme that is being piloted in North Lanarkshire is a positive step towards tackling child hunger and should be replicated where possible across Scotland.StatementHealth and Wellbeing; Social Security87%

Members’ Motion by Chris Costello MSYP

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be a greater awareness of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); and that national and local government, and the NHS, should seek to raise awareness, and invest in initiatives using a human rights based approach which promote safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments which can have a positive impact on a broad range of problems and on the development of skills that will help children and young people reach their full potential.Statement-91%

Members’ Motion by Bailey-Lee Robb MSYP,

9 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that vehicles used for school transport should be held to a higher minimum standard of quality and safety than at present.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs92%

Members’ Motion by Ryan Kelly MSYP and Jack Campbell MSYP

1 Jun 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the law should be changed so that a person can change their birth certificate to recognise their non-binary gender identity.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

SYP’s response to Gender Recognition Review [June 2018]

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan must contain a specific provision to prohibit disproportionate discrimination of young people from entering shops.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

By Adam Paton MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament urges the Government, and local authorities, should urgently investigate and implement a plan on how students have their voice heard in punishment procedures in schools, and how pupils can be further supported in the appeal process.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

By Bailey-Lee Robb MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the draft Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan should be amended to better take into account the many diverse communities that young people live in, by providing more places to play in, better public transport to access these and involving us in their development.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

By Cadely Paton MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to ensure the rights of young people who menstruate are properly protected by binding, not guiding, legislation.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing-

By Chloe Carmichael MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that transport service providers across Scotland should sign up to bus, train and tram charters which set out best practice for service providers when interacting with blind or partially sighted customers.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

By Claire Forde MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament would like to see a ‘Buddy System’ for students and training for teachers and other staff on sight-guiding and the issues affecting those with sight-loss, to better support blind and partially sighted students in mainstream schools.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

By Claire Forde MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be adequate, sufficient, earmarked funding and planning involving blind and partially sighted young people to respect, protect and fulfil their rights to live independently and be included in the communityRecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

By Claire Forde MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes that Action 14 of the Mental Health Strategy is dedicated to increasing the workforce of mental health professionals, and urges the Scottish Government to further ensure in its Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan that this provision is proportionate and tailored to all areas and communities in Scotland, including urban, rural, highland and island.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing-

By Craig MacAuley MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that rights education should be made mandatory, include teacher training, and teach about rights including the UNCRC, the Human Rights Act and the European Convention of Human Rights, to empower young people to be human rights defenders.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

By Derry Moore MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

 

Also similar policy by Jack Dudgeon MSYP – linked to climate change.

And Josh Kennedy MSYP on physical punishment.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, to tackle bullying, the principles that Respect for All promotes, such as respect and tolerance, should be embedded through human rights education and training not just for children and young people, but also for adults and other duty-bearers.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

By Jack Brady MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should implement the phases addressing stakeholders of all ages in the World Programme for Human Rights Education and Training, and develop a comprehensive Action Plan for Human Rights Education and Training in Scotland.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

By Jack Brady MSYP and Rebecca Craig MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) in schools should help young people speak out about abuse without stigmatisation, to bring about a culture change to end physical punishment against children.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Justice-

Josh Kennedy MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that political literacy is included in S3 and S4 Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) classes, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to include a specific action in their Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan to this effect.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

Josh MacRae MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to invest more in English classes for all young refugees in Scotland, so they can achieve their aspirations.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

Khaled Emkidh MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that a consistent level of financial support is awarded to young carers irrespective of the possible income of their parents or carers.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Lauren Baigrie MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the New Young Carer Grant, and encourages MSPs to constantly develop and monitor it, as there is concern that it will not be enough of an incentive for young people to remain at school when they are 18.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security-

Lauren Baigrie MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan should include a specific action to promote outdoor learning, to guarantee the right to leisure, play and recreational activities through adequate and sustainable funding, and to involve young people in the planning, design and monitoring of these. Furthermore, the Government should undertake a Scotland-specific study on the benefits of outdoor learning on attainment, skills for life and mental health.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Sport and Leisure-

Logan Fraser MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan should include an action for incentivising employers hiring young people to give the living wage.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work-

Reece Harding MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should expand in its Children and Young People’s Rights Action plan on how it will deliver the Respect for All policy and transform it into an anti-bullying culture in Scotland, such as through systematic monitoring of bullying incidents in schools, and youth participation in initiatives and monitoring aimed at putting an end to bullying.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

Robbie Burgess MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should work with Who Cares? Scotland to ensure that the proposed advocacy service in the Children and Young People’s Rights Action Plan is well-funded, accessible ad suitably tailored to care experienced young people.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Ryan McShane MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Government should explore alternative ways to deliver education through interactive technologies.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

Sanna Aziz MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

18 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Government ensures that all young people have the skills and knowledge that they need to be successful in life and in the career that they wish to pursue, as promised in the Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education paper.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work-

Sanna Aziz MSYP – Summary of recommendations from the Young People’s Rights Review – April 2018.

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should be taught about, and empowered to stand up for, their human rights through Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) or its equivalent in the curriculum.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights92%

Joint Committee Motion by the Education and Lifelong Learning (ELL) Committee & the Equality and Human Rights (EQU) Committee

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that ScotRail 16 - 25 discount railcards should be made available to all of Scotland's young people at no cost.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs76%

Committee Motion by the Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that high quality, robust training on how to identify and support young people experiencing mental health difficulties should be a mandatory component of teacher training.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing87%

Committee Motion by the Health and Wellbeing Committee

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that it should be mandatory for local or central government to subsidise the cost of UCAS applications for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security-

Joint Members’ Motion by Sarah Quinn MSYP and Chris Costello MSYP.

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all citizens should be provided with a guaranteed minimum of income support to ensure that no individual faces financial hardship; and therefore supports the principles of Universal Basic Income to ensure all citizens, no matter what their circumstances, are able to live with dignity and economic security.StatementSocial Security77%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the increased centralisation of our healthcare system is resulting in the closure of some local wards and hospitals, and that this could have a negative impact on young people and other hospital users.StatementHealth and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work98%

Members’ Motion by Josh Kennedy MSYP

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that teachers should receive specific training on how to tackle homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying in schools.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights82%

Members’ Motion by Sarah Quinn MSYP

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the work of organisations like “Abused Men in Scotland” (AMIS); and believes that there should be increased assistance to male victims of domestic abuse.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Justice95%

Joint Members’ Motion by Huw Sherrard MSYP and Kai Green MSYP

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be a greater awareness that children and young people growing up in Scotland’s care system are at a greater risk of poor mental health outcomes than the wider population. The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland should work with relevant organisations to ensure that the needs of these young people are being met with accessible, sustainable and high quality mental health services.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Social Security99%

Joint Members’ Motion  by Helen Johnston MSYP and Ryan McShane MSYP

14 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Religious Education and school assemblies in non-denominational secondary schools should include material from a variety of different belief systems in order to help promote and teach pupils about these and their cultural traditions.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights89%

Members’ Motion by Lucy Penman MSYP

1 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that taxes should be raised for the high earners in society to allow for greater and more effective welfare support to those in need, to reduce poverty and inequality.RecommendationSocial Security-

Blog by the Poverty & Inequality Commission on their consultation activity with SYP to help develop their work plan – April 2018.

1 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that more support should be provided for people experiencing poverty and inequality through charities and targeted services.RecommendationSocial Security-

Blog by the Poverty & Inequality Commission on their consultation activity with SYP to help develop their work plan – April 2018.

1 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be additional financial support for school pupils who cannot afford tutors, and better school clothing grants.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security-

Blog by the Poverty & Inequality Commission on their consultation activity with SYP to help develop their work plan – April 2018.

1 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that children from lower income families should be able to access a Government sponsored savings account with a special interest rate on their eighteenth birthday, to give young people from lower income families a fairer chance and encourage children and their parents or carers to save.Recommendation--

Blog by the Poverty & Inequality Commission on their consultation activity with SYP to help develop their work plan – April 2018.

1 Apr 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Climate Change Act Key Household Climate Change Behaviours should be taught about in school, such as in Personal, Social and Health Education and Home Economics, to ensure young people understand their relevance and benefits.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Write-up by the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Policy Unit of their consultation workshop ‘Climate Conversation’ called ‘Youth Engagement on Climate Change’ they held with SYP’s Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee at SYP’s 65th National Sitting – 14th April 2018.

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be more information around elections which is non-biased, less daunting and easily accessible - aimed at young people with more notice before elections, and for parties to be encouraged to campaign with and to young people to enhance engagement.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation Paper on Electoral Reform – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there needs to be greater transparency of elected representatives, including a better maintenance of public trust through more implementation of manifesto commitments.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation Paper on Electoral Reform – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament calls for more accessibility in terms of those who can stand for elections in Scotland including better representation of young people, women and minority groups.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation Paper on Electoral Reform – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that electronic voting methods and enhanced proxy voting would improve accessibility and voter turnout.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; UK, Europe and External Relations-

Response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation Paper on Electoral Reform – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Scotland’s decision-makers should take a human rights based approach to all policy-making, service provision, and planning.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches participation and engagement about, through and for human rights, in line with national and international best practice, by providing empowering, inclusive, youth-led, accessible and meaningful opportunities for young people’s voices to be heard when making laws and policies; and promoting this approach to local decision-making including elected representatives within Local Authorities.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches participation and engagement about, through and for human rights, in line with national and international best practice, by using SYP Policy on rights issues and by carrying out young people’s recommendations and following these up with young people.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches participation and engagement about, through and for human rights, in line with national and international best practice, by continuing to strengthen its relationship with SYP and build even closer, systematic working relationships between MSYPs and MSPs and counterpart committees.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches participation and engagement about, through and for human rights, in line with national and international best practice, by enhancing parliamentary awareness-raising/outreach, and empowering, relevant, accessible and well-resourced education and training on human rights, including for MSPs and parliamentary staff.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches parliamentary procedure and process with even more reference to expert human rights input and people’s lived experience.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches parliamentary procedure and process with proper scrutiny and investigation of the Scottish Government’s international human rights obligations, and allocation of sufficient time for human rights impact assessments.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches parliamentary procedure and process with more consultations, inquiries, debates, motions and meetings across the Scottish Parliament with a young people’s rights-focus, within all Parliamentary Committees rather than being viewed as the responsibility of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches accountability by playing a greater role in scrutinising cases of human rights violations, and calling on the Scottish Government to enforce judgments.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches accountability by using human rights indicators to monitor human rights compliance in Scotland, or enabling our national human right institutions to do so.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches accountability by supporting SYP in its call to the Scottish Government for a formal statement of intent around incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child during the Year of Young People 2018.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches accountability by requiring the Presiding Officer to check that any new legislation passing through the Scottish Parliament is compatible with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights treaties.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Mar 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliament approaches accountability by openly discussing and scrutinising the Scottish Government’s response to the United Nation’s reviews of the UK's human rights record, and using Concluding Observations, General Comments, and Universal Periodic Review Recommendations.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to ‘Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament’ Inquiry by the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at The Scottish Parliament – March 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

15 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the rights of young people in the workplace should be a priority for the Scottish and UK Governments in the Brexit negotiations, and these rights should be respected and upheld as a key part of Brexit.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations-

Rights Outright: SYP’s Brexit Manifesto.

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

15 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should have a far more official, meaningful voice and representative place in the Brexit negotiations now and throughout the process. Their right to participation under Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child must be met by both the Scottish and UK decision-makers.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations-

Rights Outright: SYP’s Brexit Manifesto.

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

15 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the UK and Scottish Governments need to ensure children and young people’s equalities and rights protection is prioritised, enhanced and not weakened throughout the Brexit process. We call for the full incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots law and the strengthening of social and economic rights during Brexit.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations-

Rights Outright: SYP’s Brexit Manifesto.

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

15 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that EU nationals already living, working and studying in the UK need concrete assurances that they and their families will have the right to remain in the UK, with streamlined routes to permanent residency and naturalisation.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations-

Rights Outright: SYP’s Brexit Manifesto.

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

15 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, to ensure young people’s right to health, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill should be amended to include a statutory duty for the UK Government to undertake an independent evaluation with wide consultation of the impact of the Act and Brexit upon the health and social care sector across the UK.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Health and Wellbeing-

Rights Outright: SYP’s Brexit Manifesto.

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should be involved in the Regional Improvement Collaboratives if and when these are established.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

SYP’s response to Empowering Schools: A Consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill

[January 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes welcome the stated intent in the Education (Scotland) Bill which proposes to ensure that the principles of pupil participation are pursued in every school, and believes that this aim could be further achieved by embedding empowering human rights education into education policy.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

SYP’s response to Empowering Schools: A Consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill

[January 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all local authorities and national voluntary organisations should sign up to the Scottish Declaration on Human Rights. This is a statement from civil society calling on Scottish and UK Governments, and the EU, to protect, progress, and not regress rights through Brexit.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Submission from the Scottish Youth Parliament to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Study on Youth and Human Rights

[January 2018]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Jan 2018SYP believes that children and young people deserve the same protection from assault as adults, by removing the defence of ‘justified assault’ in Scots law.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Submission from the Scottish Youth Parliament to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Study on Youth and Human Rights – January 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament calls for a youth-led, rights-based approach to tackling bullying in school. Bullying must be tackled through education and training on rights and all types of prejudice-based bullying, ensuring young people and those responsible for upholding their rights are aware of, and able to defend, their rights and those of others.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights-

Submission from the Scottish Youth Parliament to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Study on Youth and Human Rights – January 2018

1 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that it is imperative that the Scottish Government have young people involved in the review of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning-

Submission from the Scottish Youth Parliament to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Study on Youth and Human Rights – January 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes offers of technical support and advice from international organisations to help Scottish decision-makers implement SYP Policy, the human rights based approach, and influence national action plans.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Submission from the Scottish Youth Parliament to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Study on Youth and Human Rights – January 2018

1 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes international cooperation in relation to Brexit and young people’s rights, to ensure that human rights are protected, progressed and not regressed during the Brexit process.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Submission from the Scottish Youth Parliament to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Study on Youth and Human Rights – January 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Jan 2018The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes enhanced opportunities for young people to feed into international human rights monitoring processes.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Submission from the Scottish Youth Parliament to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Study on Youth and Human Rights – January 2018

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament recognises that that the crux of period poverty is human dignity, and believes that access to free sanitary products should be available universally as opposed to on a means-tested basis.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing-

Response to the public consultation by Monica Lennon MSP on the proposed Sanitary Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the discussions, marketing and awareness-raising around ending Period Poverty should aim to avoid gender stereotypes, generalisations and be inclusive to everyone, including transgender people and people with non-binary gender identities.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing-

Response to the public consultation by Monica Lennon MSP on the proposed Sanitary Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament calls for better gender-inclusive education and teacher training on period poverty, including less taboo and more awareness of Toxic Shock Syndrome.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing-

Response to the public consultation by Monica Lennon MSP on the proposed Sanitary Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament calls for the creation of a period care box for first periods.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing-

Response to the public consultation by Monica Lennon MSP on the proposed Sanitary Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Scotland Bill needs to be accompanied with further consultation and education about the ‘Named Person Scheme’ itself.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Response to the Scottish Parliament’s call for evidence on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Scotland Bill – November 2017

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, in relation to information sharing, young people want to know who will see their information, what will be shared, what it will be used for and why, and how long it will be kept for. As regards permission, they want to know if their consent will be upheld, if it can be retracted and if their consent will be requested every time information is sought or only once. Young people also want to know that their information will be protected in line with data protection and information regulations.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Response to the Scottish Parliament’s call for evidence on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Scotland Bill – November 2017

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Code of Practice in relation to information sharing should be made available both online and in paper form; it should be presented in schools, youth groups and on social media; and it should also be made accessible for blind and partially sighted children and young people, and available in different languages.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Response to the Scottish Parliament’s call for evidence on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Scotland Bill – November 2017

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament formally endorses the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee’s inquiry report ‘It’s Not Cool to be Cruel: Prejudiced-based bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools’ (SP Paper 185).RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Joint submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation by the EHRiC Committee and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee  [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019 .

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that many young people do not feel confident in reporting a hate crime and therefore, that the meaning of hate crime should be better explained through transparent, preventative and empowering rights education.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Joint submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation by the EHRiC Committee and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019 as w

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that we should have hate crime law in Scotland, and that current legal protection from hate crime in Scotland is patchy. Reform is therefore necessary to ensure all groups in vulnerable situations are equally protected.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Joint submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation by the EHRiC Committee and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that marginalised groups must be legally protected from hateful and abusive language, and people trying to stir up hate towards these groups; and that the law should be less piecemeal and more harmonised in this area. We therefore call for a specific harassment offence, and stirring up of hatred offences, for groups other than, but still including, race.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Joint submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation by the EHRiC Committee and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the current hate crime law does not effectively deal with online hate, and that appropriate sanctions must be considered to ensure that the law keeps up with technological advancements and hate speech online is dealt with as seriously as face-to-face hate speech.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Joint submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation by the EHRiC Committee and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that hate crime laws should cover age, gender, immigration status, welfare status, membership of gypsy/traveller communities, and other groups such as people with a non-binary gender identity, and people with invisible disabilities or mental health difficulties.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Joint submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation by the EHRiC Committee and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee [November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament calls for a robust national reporting procedure of hate crime, including social media reporting, and participation in media campaigns with infographics explaining how to report a hate crime.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Joint submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation by the EHRiC Committee and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee 

[November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

1 Nov 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament recommends third party reporting centres, community-based approaches and proactive policing to support hate crime reporting.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights-

Joint submission to the Independent Review of Hate Crimes Legislation by the EHRiC Committee and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee 

[November 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

28 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, in order to promote positive relationships between young people and alcohol, young people between the ages of 16 and 18 should be able to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages at specific times and locations.StatementHealth and Wellbeing51%

Members’ Motion  by Robert McCall MSYP

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the price of school meals should be maintained at an affordable level.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Social Security83%

Members’ Motion by Ryan Kelly MSYP

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be a greater awareness of 'invisible disabilities' (debilitating illnesses and conditions with no visible symptoms), and that more support should be provided in schools for those who have them.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing97%

Members’ Motion by Robbie Burgess MSYP and Chloe Whyte MSYP.

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that local authorities should be funded on the basis of need; so as to allow high quality and sustainable public services to be provided to all young people. SYP calls on the Scottish Government to review the way that local authorities are currently funded to ensure it is as fair and equitable as possible.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security62%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP and Aaran McDonald MSYP

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that concessionary or free transport should be provided for young and young adult carers in Scotland.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security96%

Members’ Motion by Lauren Baigrie MSYP and Amy Barbour

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament condemns the use of unpaid trial shifts in the workplace; believes that they are inherently wrong and exploitative, especially towards young workers, and urges the UK Government to introduce legislation to eradicate these unfair working practices.StatementJobs, Economy and Fair Work80%

Members’ Motion  by Jack Dudgeon MSYP and Keiran O’Neill MSYP

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the work of the Social Mobility Foundation which provides academic opportunities to young people from low-income backgrounds.StatementJobs, Economy and Fair Work93%

Members’ Motion by Jack Campbell MSYP and Danyaal Raja MSYP

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all high school pupils in Scotland should be able to access fast and reliable WiFi in school to allow them to access and complete their homework, resources and exam coursework.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning79%

Members’ Motion by Adam Paton MSYP and Caitie Dundas MSYP

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that every young person should learn about politics in secondary schools across Scotland, including teaching about political systems and voting, to ensure that they have the best start for engaging in politics.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning89%

Louisa McCearney MSYP and Luca Delpippo MSYP

27 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be a compulsory 20 mph speed limit in and around school grounds including main roads leading into schools.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs-

Jamie McDiarmid MSYP and Mark Stewart MSYP

1 Oct 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that more variety in entry-level jobs should be made available for young people, and that decision-makers should plan for and understand the impact and opportunities available in the technology sector.RecommendationJobs, Economy and Fair Work-

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee report of the joint committee session with SYP’s Jobs, Economy and Fair Work Committee, where they held a consultation workshop at SYP’s 64th National Sitting on 27th October, 2017 at the Scottish Parliament on ‘Scotland’s Economic Performance’

[October 2017]

Extended by Conveners Group 20th January 2019

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that preparing young people to practice safe sexual relationships is a crucial part of education, and that all schools, regardless of religious denomination, must provide high-quality, comprehensive, and inclusive sex education that takes into account issues of sexual orientation and gender identityStatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing81%

Members’ Motion by Euan Waddell MSYP

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that access to menstrual hygiene products is a basic human right, and that more effort should be made to ensure that those in disadvantaged financial situations have access to these products.StatementHealth and Wellbeing99%

Members’ Motion by Suki Wan MSYP

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the UK Government has an obligation to improve its contribution to resettling the world’s displaced people, and calls for the UK Government’s Gateway Protection programme to be reasonably expanded to allow for a greater number of refugees to apply for asylum within the United Kingdom.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations; Social Security89%

Members’ Motion by Katie Burke MSYP

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the efforts of the Scottish Government to ensure the meaningful participation of young people; and believes that these efforts could be further strengthened by positioning the Scottish Youth Parliament as a key advisory body to the Scottish Cabinet on all issues affecting young people.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security89%

Members’ Motion by Aqeel Ahmed

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that legislation should be introduced to prevent the unnecessary disposal of unsold food by manufacturers, supermarkets, and other businesses, and ensure the food is instead donated to charity, or converted to animal feed, fertiliser or energy where appropriate.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs85%

Members’ Motion by Eilidh MacKay MSYP

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the rights of young people in the workplace should be a priority in Brexit negotiations by both the Scottish and UK Governments, and that these rights should be respected and upheld as a key part of any exit from the EU.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security92%

Committee Motion by the Jobs and Economy Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish and UK Parliaments have an obligation under Article 12 of the UNCRC to fully and meaningfully engage with young people in discussions over Scotland’s and the rest of the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations97%

Committee Motion by the External Affairs Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the introduction of a Child Poverty Bill in Scotland; encourages the continued meaningful involvement of children and young people in plans to eradicate child poverty in Scotland; and believes it is essential that legislation is robust and measurable.StatementSocial Security90%

Committee Motion by the Social Justice Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the Paris Agreement, and urges the Scottish and UK Governments to continue to work with other nations to ensure that tackling climate change remains a global priority.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs74%

Committee Motion by the Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the UK Government’s anti-radicalisation strategy, “Prevent”, is counter-productive and discriminates against the Muslim community; and calls on the UK Government to hold a thorough review of the strategy to ensure it meets international human rights standards, in particular the principle of non-discrimination.StatementEqualities and Human Rights61%

Committee Motion by the Equalities Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament endorses Reach, a website which provides advice and support for young people having a hard time at school; and encourages education authorities to raise awareness of the website as a resource for young people.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning84%

Committee Motion by the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee

26 Mar 2017The Scottish Youth Parliament recognises the efforts of Police Scotland to increase its diversity, but believes that more concerted action needs to be taken to ensure the police force is truly representative of the communities it serves.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Justice78%

Committee Motion by the Justice Committee

23 Mar 2017The Scottish Government should ensure that progress reports are young person-friendly and promoted to children and young people, so that children and young people are involved in holding the Government to account.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security-

Response to Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill – stage 1

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

16 Jan 2017 and also on: 22/03/2014Scottish Councils should have a legal responsibility to facilitate and fund a youth-led representative body for all 12-25 year olds (inclusive) in the local authority, as a minimum standard.StatementEqualities and Human Rights103 votes (81%/14%)

Members Motion by Michael Hutchinson.

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

16 Jan 2017 and also on: 16/01/16The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people should be closely consulted in order to effectively tackle gender-based violence in Scotland.RecommendationEqualities and Human Rights; Justice-

Scottish Labour consultation on Achieving Women’s Equality response.

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

26 Oct 2016 and also on: 26 October 2013The Bedroom tax should be repealed.StatementSocial Security88%/4%

Members’ Motion by David Linden.

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament recognises the contribution of 130,000 EU nationals to the UK health & social care sectors; and believes that EU nationals already living, working, and studying in the UK should be allowed to stay in the UK.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Health and Wellbeing94%

Members’ Motion by Alex Robertson MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish and UK Governments should consider introducing the regulated sale of cannabis, alongside developing guidance on its safe use.StatementHealth and Wellbeing66%

Members’ Motion by Kai Green MSYP and Amy Lee Friaoli MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) Youth Committee’s “Better than Zero” campaign, which combats exploitative working conditions for young people.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security86%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that local and national government funding for rape crisis centres and charities should be protected.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security95%

Member’s Motion by Alana McKenna MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament warmly welcomes NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s efforts to give young patients more involvement in their stay in hospital through the “What Matters to Me” initiative, and believes that all health boards in Scotland should adopt this initiative to ensure a more personalised care experience for young patients across Scotland.StatementHealth and Wellbeing97%

Members’ Motion by Alex Robertson MSYP

 

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that in the interest of democracy and making every vote count, the UK and Scottish Governments should replace the First Past the Post System (FPTP) with the Single-Transferrable Vote (STV) as the way of electing constituency members to their respective parliaments.StatementJustice68%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that, given the UK’s membership of the Council of Europe, the UK should remain party to the European Convention on Human Rights.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Social Security90%

Member’s Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament welcomes the 2006 pardoning of World War One soldiers executed for ‘desertion or cowardice’; however, calls for further action to be taken and the sentences of these men to be removed.StatementCulture and Media; Justice84%

Members’ Motion by Jack Norquoy on behalf of Ellie Pearce MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that financial support for Further and Higher Education students who receive the maximum amount of support should not be suspended outside of term time.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning90%

Members’ Motion by Erin McAuley MSYP and Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) programme, a peer-led initiative that tackles gender-based violence, and believes schools and organisations should consider introducing it into their education programme.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Social Security94%

Member’s Motion by Jack Norquoy on behalf of Lucie Duffy MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that current measures in the NHS to support the transition of young people into adult services do not go far enough in supporting appropriate development, and calls for the creation of adolescent and young people’s wards in hospitals, and youth-specific services in the community.StatementHealth and Wellbeing93%

Members’ Motion by Dylan Currie MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes national agencies should establish a dedicated programme to help young people into the creative and journalistic sectorStatementCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning97%

Members’ Motion by Thomas-Alexander McEachan MSYP & Suki Wan MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament calls on the Scottish and UK Governments to formally recognise the mass killing of Armenian people orchestrated by the Ottoman Government between 1915 and 1916 as genocide.StatementUK, Europe and External Relations; Justice; Social Security52%

Members’ Motion by Kai Green MSYP on behalf of James Goodwin MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all future Referenda held by the UK Government should be subject to a ‘four nation veto’, meaning that no individual Nation of United Kingdom can be forced to accept a result that they rejected at the polls.StatementJustice70%

Members’ Motion by Keiran O’Neill MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all alcoholic drinks should be subject to the same mandatory nutritional and calorific labelling as non-alcoholic drinks.StatementHealth and Wellbeing78%

Members’ Motion by Heather Cameron MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that current incentives to increase the uptake of general practice as a specialty in medicine are insufficient, and calls on the Scottish Government to take action to tackle Scotland’s deficit of GPs.StatementHealth and Wellbeing98%

Members’ Motion by Dylan Currie MSYP

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that more action should be taken to address the issue of under-representation of ethnic minorities in the mainstream media.StatementCulture and Media; Equalities and Human Rights85%

Members’ Motion by Suki Wan MSYP

 

16 Oct 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament recognises the importance of young people’s befriending services, and believes that more Government funding should be allocated to support Scotland’s young people through befriending services.StatementHealth and Wellbeing97%

Members’ Motions by Mahnoor Shah MSYP

6 Aug 2016 and also on: 7 December 2013 and 25 September 2012Substantial additional efforts need to be made to ensure that all of Scotland’s young people have a good understanding of their rights as set out in the UNCRC.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human RightsN/A

Surveymonkey and Dialogue Groups – Children and Young People Bill response.

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

6 Aug 2016 and also on: 7 December 2013 and 25 September 2012Clear guidelines should be set out governing the circumstances in which information about a young person can be shared between agencies without their permission, to ensure that young people’s right to privacy and confidentiality is respected unless they are at substantial and immediate risk of harm.RecommendationSocial SecurityN/A

Surveymonkey and Dialogue Groups – Children and Young People Bill response.

Extended by Convenors Group on 6 August 2018.

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament supports ASH Scotland’s ‘Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation’ which aims to achieve an adult smoking rate of 5% or less in Scotland by 2034.StatementHealth and Wellbeing80%

Committee Motion by the Health and Wellbeing Subject Committee

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that youth parliaments led by and for young people are essential to ensuring young people’s participation, and that the UK, Scottish and other devolved governments should guarantee their continued existence and funding.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security95%

Members’ Motion by Marc Winsland MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes Young Scot National Entitlement Cards are a valuable form of identification for Scotland's young people and that all companies selling age restricted products and services in Scotland should accept this is a valid proof of age.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Justice78%

Members’ Motion by Emmie Main MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Education Scotland should implement a more equal balance between continuous assessment and exams, within the context of the Curriculum for Excellence.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning77%

Members’ Motion by Marc Winsland MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that in order to tackle domestic abuse in Scotland, schools should provide gender and LGBT-inclusive Relationship, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education (RSHPE) that covers the principles of equality, the signs of abuse, how to report abuse and where to seek help.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Justice80%

Members’ Motion by Kirsty McCahill MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that in order to ensure a truly inclusive school environment that promotes equality for all gender identities, uniform policies should not reinforce gender stereotypes.StatementCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights95%

Members’ Motion by Mhairi Fraser MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that discounts on rail travel through 16-25 railcards and Young Scot cards should also fully apply at peak travel times.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs97%

Members’ Motion by  Erin McAuley MSYP

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish and UK Governments should review the benefits of decriminalising the possession of drugs in Scotland as an effective means of tackling drug addiction and drug-related crime; and further believes that the legal status of a drug should not be a barrier to research into its potential medicinal or therapeutic properties.StatementHealth and Wellbeing; Justice67%

Members’ Motion by Thomas McEachan MSYP

1 Jul 2016Education Scotland and further and higher education bodies should ensure that all schools, colleges, and universities provide high quality information about mental health, and direct young people to safe online resources such as Aye Mind. Pupils and students should be consulted about the type of information they would like to receive, and be involved in the design of information when appropriate.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A
 Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018
1 Jul 2016NHS Scotland should ensure that all GP surgeries and hospitals provide age-appropriate information about local mental health support and services, with particular emphasis on young person-specific support and services.RecommendationHealth and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016Every school, college, university, and youth group should implement a Mental Health Action Plan to promote mental health conversations and support. The Action Plan should include provisions such as an annual Mental Health Awareness Week, training for young people and staff in Mental Health First Aid, utilising See Me’s What’s on Your Mind resources, providing practical steps to manage stress and anxiety, and promoting local information, support and services.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016Education Scotland should develop a Mental Health Standard for schools to increase the focus on mental health in the Curriculum for Excellence.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016Education Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Government, should review the provision of counsellors in schools and seek to establish a minimum level of service provision.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016NHS Education for Scotland should work with young people to update its training and CPD opportunities for frontline medical professionals in supporting young people’s mental health. All GPs and other community-based mental health professionals should receive these opportunities.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Government’s proposed 10-year mental health strategy should include an increased focus on supporting the mental health of 16 to 26 year-olds, in recognition of this age group’s specific mental health needs separate from children and older adults. The strategy should also facilitate a review of CAMHS, as called for by SAMH.RecommendationHealth and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016The Scottish Government should ensure that mental health funding is ring-fenced for young person-specific mental health services, and that this funding is shared proportionately between acute, high-intensity services, and preventative and early intervention support such as drop-in centres, peer support, and services provided by the third sector.RecommendationHealth and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016Scotland’s initiative for involving young people in developing youth-friendly health services, Walk the Talk, should seek to develop a young person-led mental health and wellbeing forum in every local authority.RecommendationHealth and WellbeingN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with organisations such as the Mental Welfare Commission, should work with young people to develop a booklet and/or online resource about young people’s rights when accessing mental health support. On first accessing mental health support, all young people should be presented with this resource in an accessible form.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing; Social SecurityN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

1 Jul 2016All GP surgeries and mental health services should clearly display age-appropriate information about young people’s rights when accessing mental health support, particularly regarding confidentiality rights and their right to an independent advocate.RecommendationEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Social SecurityN/A

Scottish Youth Parliament Research Report, Our generation’s epidemic: An analysis of young people’s awareness and experience of mental health information, support and services

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that national and local government should ensure that young people who have additional support needs receive high-quality support so that they can reach their full potential.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing98%

Committee Motion by the Education and Lifelong Learning Subject Committee

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the current Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme does not constitute a sufficient reaction to the refugee crisis in Syria; that more should be done to address the refugee crisis at a Scottish, UK and European level; and that more efforts should be made to ensure that the rights of refugees and asylum seekers from all countries, not just Syria, are upheld and protected.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Justice93%

Committee Motion by the External Affairs Subject Committee

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that all young people should be informed about their rights if they are subject to police stop and searches.StatementJustice97%

Committee Motion by the Justice Subject Committee

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes all communities in Scotland – whether urban or rural – should be entitled to a high standard of accessible, affordable and reliable public transport and should, where possible, be publicly owned.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs90%

Committee Motion by the Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the current process of applying for asylum in the UK does not sufficiently uphold the rights of asylum applicants; more effort should be made to ensure that the asylum seeking process upholds and protects human rights in line with international obligations.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Justice92%

Committee Motion by the Justice Subject Committee

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that jobs should not be seen as gender-specific; there should be an end to gender-based marketing in the job sector.StatementCulture and Media; Equalities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work-

Committee Motion by the Equalities Subject Committee

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should take action to ensure that all young people have a safe and truly affordable home, and should work with charities and non-profit organisations to establish a dedicated service, designed by homeless young people, which works on eradicating youth homelessness.StatementSocial Security99%

Members’ Motion by Ruraidh Stewart MSYP and Tony Anderson MSYP

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament opposes any form of discrimination against people as a result of their disability, and supports initiatives that tackle disability hate crime.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Justice94%

Members’ Motion by Calum Macleod MSYP

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that more effort and resources should be put into preventing male suicide.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing95%

Members’ Motion by Kai Green MSYP

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that Higher and Further education institutions should formally recognise the awards and accreditations that young people can achieve through voluntary organisations.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Sport and Leisure93%

Members’ Motion by Sorcha Kennedy MSYP and Molly Kirby MSYP

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people with disabilities and/or additional support needs should be consulted in the design and planning of public transport services to ensure that these services cater to their needs.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs99%

Members’ Motion by Aqeel Ahmed MSYP

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

13 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that young people’s access to local rail services is very important and encourages the Scottish Government to hold a review into further expansion of Scotland’s rail network.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs73%

Members’ Motion by Euan Greenwood MSYP

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

12 Mar 2016There should be plenty of youth-friendly services and activities for young people in their local communities.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs89%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Rural life should be improved for the young people of Scotland through better internet access, more affordable housing, more frequent and affordable transport, rural job creation and promotion, and more education opportunities in rural communities.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs84%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Authorities should tackle crime by working with young people to address the root causes of crime.ManifestoJustice; Social Security73%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016The educational attainment gap needs to be narrowed. To support this, the impact of poverty on pupils and students should be minimised, financial barriers to participation should be removed, and the cost of the school day should be addressed.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security69%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016All pupils should have access to up-to-date and effective PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) from a primary age, which addresses lifestyle, health, relationships, equality, social justice, and citizenship.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Social Security79%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options in the cafeterias of educational institutions.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing79%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be mandatory foreign language education from a primary level through a secondary level.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; UK, Europe and External Relations55%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Tuition for further and higher education should be kept free in Scotland.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security86%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Students should be supported to ensure that financial considerations should not limit their ability to pursue or participate in further or higher education.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Social Security81%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Further and higher education institutions should be protected from budget cuts.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work76%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Funding for young groups and projects should be a priority for local authorities.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security; Sport and Leisure64%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to drastically tackle climate change, protect the environment, and promote green initiatives, such as investing in clean and renewable energy, reducing emissions, encouraging recycling, reducing waste, and investing in public and active transport.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs80%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016National parks, national heritage sites, and green spaces should be protected.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs85%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be support for sustainable, local, and healthy food production.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs82%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be quality mental health services for young people, and support for mental health literacy and awareness, including investment in resources, better policies to educate practitioners, and movement to tackle negative stigmas and barriers.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work84%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Health inequalities in Scotland should be tackled so everyone has the same opportunity to live a healthy life.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Social Security87%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016High quality youth work should be available to all Scotland’s young people.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Social Security82%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that educating primary school pupils on all major religions is essential to tackling religious discrimination and promoting a tolerant society.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations62%

Members’ Motion by Calum Macleod MSYP

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

12 Mar 2016There should be an opt-out rather than an opt-in system for organ donation.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing52%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016New Psychoactive Substances should be either banned or placed under strict regulations, and young people should be educated about the dangers of using them.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Justice65%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Publicly-funded sports centres and cultural and arts facilities should have reduced entry fees or discounts for young people to ensure they are affordable.ManifestoCulture and Media; Sport and Leisure83%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016All sporting facilities should include shower curtains or cubicles in all changing rooms to respect the privacy of users.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Sport and Leisure84%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016All cyclists on Scotland’s roads should be required by law to wear and carry appropriate safety equipment.ManifestoJustice; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs69%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be reduced or concessionary travel for young people on all public transportation.ManifestoTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs77%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016Car insurance for young drivers should be less expensive, and there should be no restrictions on nighttime driving.ManifestoTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs70%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016The voting age should be lowered to 16 for all elections and referendums in Scotland, the UK, and Europe.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations70%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016There should be a constitutional convention in the UK so that all people can have a say in the political future of the country.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Social Security68%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016The government and political parties should actively encourage young people, women, and minority groups to participate in politics and stand as candidates.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights71%

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12 Mar 2016Cultural diversity and respect for different cultures should be promoted and actively encouraged.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations75%

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12 Mar 2016There should be support and funding for the arts, museums, heritage sites, cultural events, and the promotion and protection of the Gaelic language and all Scottish dialects.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs65%

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12 Mar 2016There should be an end to false advertising and the use of gender stereotypes to advertise goods and services.ManifestoCulture and Media; Equalities and Human Rights74%

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12 Mar 2016The national minimum wage should be raised to the Living Wage for everyone, regardless of age.ManifestoJobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security79%

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12 Mar 2016There should be an end to the gender pay gap and gender discrimination in the workplace.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work83%

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12 Mar 2016There should be an end to zero-hour contracts.ManifestoJobs, Economy and Fair Work58%

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12 Mar 2016Youth unemployment should be tackled through job creation and access to training programmes, modern apprenticeships, vocational training, work placements, quality work experience, and paid internships.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work78%

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12 Mar 2016Scotland should remain a member of the European Union.ManifestoUK, Europe and External Relations66%

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12 Mar 2016Nuclear disarmament should be encouraged across the world. As part of this, the Trident missile programme should be scrapped in the UK.ManifestoUK, Europe and External Relations50%

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12 Mar 2016Sustainable and ethical international development should be supported.ManifestoUK, Europe and External Relations63%

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12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to tackle gender-based violence, violence against women and girls, sexism, and gender-based discrimination.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Justice90%

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12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to protect the rights of LGBT+ and MOGAI individuals.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights74%

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12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to tackle all forms of racial discrimination.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations90%

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12 Mar 2016Action should be taken to tackle all forms of religious discrimination.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights83%

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12 Mar 2016There should be a review of the 12 month ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing54%

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12 Mar 2016There should be more after-care support and protection for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, human trafficking, and domestic abuse.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Justice85%

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12 Mar 2016There should be compulsory education and training to help young offenders reintegrate into society.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Justice71%

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12 Mar 2016The ban on the death penalty should be kept in place.ManifestoJustice54%

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12 Mar 2016The ban on fox hunting should be kept place.ManifestoSport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs70%

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12 Mar 2016All physical assault against children should be illegal.ManifestoHealth and Wellbeing; Justice82%

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12 Mar 2016Human rights and civil liberties should be strongly protected by law.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Justice; Social Security82%

Lead the Way commitment

12 Mar 2016The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) should be fully incorporated into Scots Law, and the rights of children and young people should be protected and promoted.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Health and Wellbeing; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Justice; Social Security; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs76%

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12 Mar 2016The freedom of speech should be protected.ManifestoCulture and Media; Justice; Social Security82%

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12 Mar 2016The right to protest in a peaceful manner should be protected.ManifestoJustice; Social Security81%

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12 Mar 2016Poverty and income inequality should be tackled, and action should be taken to support those living in poverty.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security81%

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12 Mar 2016Any reforms to the welfare system should be proportionate and fair. People should be treated with compassion and respect.ManifestoSocial Security77%

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12 Mar 2016There should be adequate financial support for young carers and young adult carers, and awareness should be raised about services which support them.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing; Social Security79%

Lead the Way commitment

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the 50:50 by 2020 pledge.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work51%

Members’ Motion by Kirsty McCahill MSYP

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes the BBC should remain in public ownership.StatementCulture and Media91%

Members’ Motion by Ewan McCall MSYP

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018.

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the worldwide Action/2015 campaign.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Social Security83%

Members’ Motion by Heather Cameron MSYP

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018.

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the use of neonicotinoids should be banned, given their harmful impact on bees.StatementTransport, Environment and Rural Affairs60%

Members’ Motion by Lewis Douglas MSYP

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

25 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that music tuition should be free to all secondary school pupils in Scotland. Local Government should strive to implement this by 2021.StatementCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning74%

Members’ Motion by Euan Waddell MSYP

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018

24 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that there should be one mandatory living wage for everyone, no matter what age they are.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security68%

Members’ Motion by Andrew Kirk MSYP and Skye Brettell MSYP

Renewed by conveners group 25th August 2018.

24 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament opposes the cuts to public spending implemented by the current UK Government.StatementJobs, Economy and Fair Work; Social Security77%

Members’ Motion by Terri Smith MSYP.

Renewed by conveners group 25th March 2018

24 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes schools should impartially assist pupils in registering to vote.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning85%

Members’ Motion by Kain McLeod MSYP

Renewed by Conveners Group 25th August 2018.

24 Oct 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes young people should be involved in the design of PSHE course content, which must be kept up-to-date and relevant to our rapidly changing world.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing93%

Members’ Motion by Ruraidh Stewart MSYP, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch

Renewed by conveners group 25th August 2018.

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the minimum age to stand in all elections should be lowered to 16.StatementEqualities and Human Rights55%

Members’ Motion by Nicola Bruley MSYP.

Renewed by Conveners Group 21 April 2018.

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the United Nation’s “HeForShe” campaign.StatementEqualities and Human Rights93%

Members’ Motion by Rhianne Carroll MSYP.

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019.

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that a Scottish anti-human trafficking implementation strategy, that offers more support for survivors, should developed in the absence of, or alongside, any legislation.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work; Justice88%

Members’ Motion by Terri Smith MSYP.

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019.

20 Mar 2015The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the recognition of Sexual and Reproductive Rights, as human rights, is integral to the protection of an individual’s inalienable and indivisible rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Population Fund.StatementEqualities and Human Rights; Justice60%

Committee Motion by the Justice Subject Committee.

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

4 Oct 2014The Scottish Youth Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should introduce comprehensive first aid training as a compulsory part of the education curriculum.StatementEducation and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing84%

Members Motion from Ehsan Salim MSYP.

Renewed by the Conveners’ Group on 25th August 2018.

31 Oct 2010There should be increased LGBT education and information in all schools to reduce stigma and homophobic bullying.ManifestoEducation and Lifelong Learning; Equalities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing70.55%

Change the Picture commitment.

Extended by the Conveners Group on 20 January 2019

31 Oct 2010Asylum seekers should be given the right to work whilst they are still living in the UK, allowing them to contribute to society.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations; Jobs, Economy and Fair Work60.45%

Change the Picture commitment

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

31 Oct 2010No child or young person should be made to report regularly at reporting centres or police stations due to their immigration status.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; UK, Europe and External Relations61.71%

Change the Picture commitment.

Extended by the Conveners Group 20 January 2019

31 Oct 2010Scotland’s local tax system should be changed so that it is based on household income rather than the value of your home or the area you live in.ManifestoSocial Security76.32%

Change the Picture commitment.

Extended by Conveners Group 20 January 2019

31 Oct 2010The ‘Mosquito’, a device that makes an unpleasant high-pitched noise that only those under 25 can hear, should be banned.ManifestoEqualities and Human Rights; Health and Wellbeing66.76%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by the Conveners Group on 23 April 2016, 23 April 2017, 21 April 2018.

31 Oct 2010All young people should be involved in the services which affect them and should have the opportunity to get involved in local decision making opportunities.ManifestoCulture and Media; Education and Lifelong Learning; Health and Wellbeing; Social Security; Sport and Leisure; Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs80.29%

Change the Picture commitment, extended by Conveners Group on 23 April 2016, 23 April 2017 and 21 April 2018.

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